Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for Love Poems from the Japanese translated by Kenneth Rexroth. Poetry.
Not anywhere near the standard of the previous book of Rexroth-translated Japanese poetry I’ve read, One Hundred More Poems from the Japanese. All of the best poems in here were also in that one. So read that one instead.
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“Your hair has turned whiteWhile your heart stayedKnotted against me.I shall neverLoosen it now.”—Kakinomoto no Hitomaro